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Forensic Science Service

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 24 February 2003, Official Report, column 315W, when the findings of the review into the Forensic Science Service will be published. [110920]

As announced by my right hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham) on 23 July 2002, Official Report, column 1078W, the principal provider of forensic science services to the police, the Forensic Science Service, is currently subject to an independent review, which is looking at the delivery, performance and responsiveness of the Service and the ways in which we can maximise its contribution to the work of the police and through them to the wider criminal justice system.The findings of the results of the review will be made public after Home Office Ministers have given consideration to its recommendations and decided the best way forward for the organisation.